With such a successful showing at our first bargaining session with the university, let’s keep the momentum going for our second session! Come see and be a part of the bargaining process, and all members have a right to vote in the caucus! Join us and invite your friends!
When: Wednesday, June 6th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Rooms 603 and 610, Student Center East
Plus, be sure to check out our event on Facebook and “like” us if you haven’t already! http://www.facebook.com/uicgeo
What to Expect in Bargaining!
All GEO members are welcome and encouraged to attend bargaining sessions with the university. Not only is it great to learn about how exactly bargaining functions, but it’s also helpful to know what we as a union are asking for and how the university will respond. So come and join us!
For the negotiations, we meet with representatives from the university, typically the Labor Relations department of Human Resources, as well as a lawyer from the university. The GEO will be represented by members of the bargaining team, voted on by the GEO membership, who have been meeting for months to put together a contract proposal based on member concerns from the survey. Each side will have a designated negotiator for each session who will be the primary person speaking. When a member of the bargaining team has a point of clarification, they will pass a note to the lead negotiator. If a group discussion is needed, the negotiator can call for a caucus, at which time one of the sides will leave the room and a group discussion can occur. If you’re there attending the meeting, you can caucus as part of the GEO and take part in votes (if there’s a major decision that must be made, we will take it to a general membership meeting to vote on).
When you come to the bargaining session, try to arrive a little early so that we can have everyone there by the start of the meeting. If you have to leave before the meeting is over, that’s okay. The more members attending, the better because the university will see that everyone is engaged and interested in having the contract settled quickly and efficiently.
The Stewards Council and the Steering Committee will have a joint meeting on Monday, May 7 at 10:00 am at the GEO office (815 W. Van Buren, Ste. 203). We’ll be developing an organizing plan for the first bargaining session. All members are welcome.
The University has finally responded to our demand to bargain by setting a date for the first bargaining session: Wednesday, May 16 at 1:00 pm in the Prairie and White Oak Rooms of Student Center East. All GEO members are encouraged to attend. Please join us, even if you can only make it for part of the session!
From History Steward Tom Alter:
Tuesday, May 1, 11:00 a.m. at the Haymarket Statue, Randolph and Des Plaines, the Illinois Labor History Society will be holding its annual commemoration of the Haymarket martyrs, their fight for the eight-hour day and workers’ rights. Benedicto Martinez Orozco, a leader of the Mexican union federation, Frente Autentico de Trabajo, will preside over mounting a plaque from our Mexican brothers and sisters in the FAT.
Then the big rally and march: March for the 99% – demanding Stop the Attacks on Workers and Unions (see http://www.chicagospring.org/#!/May1), assemble at noon Union Park, 1501 W Randolph St, march to Federal Plaza begins at 1 p.m. followed by a rally there at 3:30 p.m. The GEO along with a large number of area unions have endorsed this march. GEO members will first be at the 11 a.m. Haymarket commemoration then heading over to Union Park for the rally and march.